Jitegemee

Jitegemee, Inc. exists to provide street children with access to formal and vocational education. We believe every child with the desire to learn and the will to succeed should be encouraged to do so. We are dedicated to removing the obstacles that prevent street children from attaining their educational or vocational goals-whether these obstacles are hunger, homelessness or lack of schooling.
Sep 10, 2013

Jitegemee Student Stories: Rosalia

Friends, from time to time we will share with you the life stories of some of our students. We do this so that you can better understand the backgrounds of the students that your donations go to support. Rosalia's story will be the first in this series. For more updates about Jitgemee please follow us on Twitter, and 'like" us on Facebook.

Rosalia's Life Story

 My family started having problems when I was three years old. My father was sick and he couldn’t go to work so we had many needs. He passed away when I was in Grade 5. My mother used to work as a house help trying to get money so that we could have food, she managed to keep me in school until I completed primary school and did my final year exams.

When we got the results, I had done okay, but my mother did not have the money to send me to secondary school. I got angry when she said that, and I decided to run away from home. I decided to go to Machakos to see what people do there.

I met a group of girls who told me how they live on the street, we used to eat from the dustbins, from the waste food thrown out by people. I thought it was a good life. One day I came across a man and asked him to give me money to buy food. He told me I would have to sleep with him in exchange for the money. I agreed.  That is how I started buying drugs. I would buy Khat, marijuana, cigarettes, and others.

 One day while walking around the streets I came across some very smart looking girls. I asked them how come they were so smart.  They told me that they were in school, and asked me if I would like to return to school. I said I would love to return to school.  They said their school was called Jitegemee, and that it was a very nice school. They gave me the directions on how to get there.

I went to Jitegemee and found very welcoming teachers. I told them my problems. I was very happy when they allowed me to join Jitegemee. I don’t know where I would be if it was not for this school.

Jun 11, 2013

Construction has Begun!

Ground Breaking Banner
Ground Breaking Banner

Hello everyone,

We wanted to send you a quick update following the most recent trip of several of our board memebers to visit the program in Machakos. For the first time, we had four board members visiting program at the same time, including our Executive Director, the Board Chair, and two of our most recent board additions (http://www.jitegemee.org/about/board-of-directors/). They also traveled with Patrick Wilke, one of the architects who is helping Jitegemee incorporate a biogas sanitation system as part of the new building construction. The trip was a great success, and the best news of all is that we have officially broken ground on the first phase of the new education center!!

This is no small accomplishment, and it was only made possible through the tireless work and generous contributions of Jtiegemee supporters like yourself. There is still lots of work to do to complete this ambitious project, but we should take a moment to celebrate this significant milestone. Our local Kenyan team planned and executed a beautiful groundbreaking ceremony to mark the occasion. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some more in-depth commentary from those who took the trip this past May. But for now, we just wanted to say thank you, and pass along some pictures from the event.

Thank you!

The Jitegemee Team

P.S. On June 12th GlobalGiving will match all donations to Jitegemee at 50%. Please take advantage of this opportunity to help us close out fundraising on the new building project!

Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes
Farah Addressing Attendees
Farah Addressing Attendees
Patrick Explaining the Biogas System
Patrick Explaining the Biogas System
Ground Breaking Cake!
Ground Breaking Cake!
Construction Metal
Construction Metal
Mar 13, 2013

In a Few Short Months...

Jitegemee Building Sketches
Jitegemee Building Sketches

Dear Friend,

The coming of spring this year is a very exciting time for Jitegemee and family as we welcome many changes to the program and look forward to the opportunities they bring. The construction of the new campus is set to begin and strategic visioning sessions are underway to help grow and guide the program through the next five years. Things are getting exciting.

For my part, I am extremely excited about the construction of the new campus. My name is Mark Palmer and I'm an architect based in Washington, DC. Four years ago, I traveled to Machakos with a group of volunteers from Architecture for Humanity to host a school design workshop with Jitegemee. The goal of this workshop was to engage the students, teachers, parents, and community members in the design of the new school. As architects, we knew how to design a school, but only they knew Jitegemee - their needs, wants, goals, and aspirations.

 
We spent approximately two weeks working closely with this "planning committee" to discuss what the current school offered, what it didn't and what they wanted it to be. We visited other schools in the area to help everyone envision similar projects. We engaged in activities that let the planning committee design and draw their ideal school. We talked about and discussed sustainable design and how smart and efficient design could save energy, conserve water, and create a beautiful, healthy, and safe environment. From this workshop and subsequent design collaboration between the Architecture for Humanity, the Jitegemee planning committee, the Jitegemee Board, and Mr. Musau Kimeu - the local Nairobi-based architect of record - a new campus was born.

After four years of design, planning, and fundraising, the new Jitegemee School campus is being prepared for construction - and I'm excited. The construction drawings have been approved and stamped. The land has been cleared. A contractor has been selected. Within a few short months, the foundations will be dug and poured. Shortly after that, the walls of the new Jitegemee School campus will begin to rise, and with them, a new era will begin.

As the walls take shape, a sustainable campus will begin to grow on site. A new library and technology center will host both students and community members helping to spread knowledge and digital opportunities. Expanded classrooms with better daylighting and ventilation will allow students to gather in both large groups and in smaller, more private learning zones. A new toilet will recycle waste and produce biogas to power more efficient stoves in the kitchen saving energy, eliminating the need for costly and dirty charcoal, and reducing waste. Rainwater collection tanks on each roof will collect rainwater and store it for use during the dry season to help keep the garden and tree farm healthy and productive. Solar hot water heaters will heat water free of energy and provide hot water for hand-washing, dish washing, and other sanitary purposes - all from the power of the sun.

Four years ago, a group of students, teachers, parents, and community members began the long process of shaping their future through building. In a few short months, those efforts will begin to take shape, and that dream will be realized. In a few short months, the new Jitegemee School campus will stand as proof of what can be accomplished by trust, collaboration, dedication, and will open many new doors to the future.

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